Province History

A Brief History of The Southeastern Province

Today the Southeastern Province has grown to include the states of Georgia, South Carolina, and their international counterparts in Lagos, Nigeria, Pretoria, South Africa, and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Regions Became Provinces

At the 15th Grand Chapter meeting, the Fraternity experienced another adjustment when the regions were renamed Provinces and the Directors were renamed Province Polemarchs. A search of the origin of the word suggests that is comes from the Latin word provincere meaning jurisdiction. It is unclear why the members chose a Latin reference to a geographic area but continued to incorporate a Greek word, Polemarch from the ancient Greek word polemarchos, meaning war leader of war lord.

1925

The Beginning

The history of the Southeastern Province dates back to 1926. At that time the Province included the following chapters, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Alabama. The first Province Polemarch was Deaver P. Young.

1926

The Province cedes North Carolina

With the forming of the Middle Eastern Province, the Southeastern Province ceded the chapters in the state of North Carolina.

1935

Moving Forward

A proposed division of the Province was discussed at the 38th Grand Chapter Meeting in Detroit

1948

The Furture

A proposed division of the Province was discussed at the 38th Grand Chapter Meeting in Detroit

1949

A New Beginning

In December, the division of the Province was authorized at the 40th Grand Chapter meeting in Kansas City. The states os South Carolina and Georgia remained members of the Southeastern Province. The states of Alabama and Florida were designated as the Gulf Province. However, before the first meeting of the new province, the name was changed to the Southern Province.

1950

It's Official

The official action of renaming the Province was taken at the 41st Grand Chapter Meeting in Indianapolis, December 26-29, 1951. W. Dickerson Donnelly, Polemarch of the Southeastern Province and Toussaint Hale, the appointed Polemarch of the Gulf Province, at the close of the 40th Grand Chapter Meeting, presided jointly at the first annual meeting.

1951